Supermodels keep low profile as last minute preparations for the largest fashion extravaganza ever staged in Dublin are underway.

Caroline Downey and Ali Hewson are the organisers behind the Brown Thomas International Fashion Show at the Point Theatre in Dublin. The event is in aid of three children's charities, the Chernobyl Children's Project, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) and the Marie Keating Cancer Awareness Fund. 

A host of international supermodels are in Dublin for the show, but there is no sign of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Eva Herzigova or Yasmin Le Bon backstage. Irish models are participating in rehearsals, giving the supermodels time to relax in the Clarence Hotel before the main event. Model Jerry Hall does make an appearance backstage and she will be modelling with her daughter Elizabeth Jagger.

Celebrities treading the ramp for charity include boxers Steve Collins and Chris Eubank, former member of Boyzone Keith Duffy and U2’s drummer Larry Mullen.

Ali Hewson says the event has already raised £300,000 through ticket sales and this amount will undoubtedly be exceeded when viewers phone in with donations during the live broadcast on ‘The Late Late Show’.

When asked if her husband Bono makes a good male supermodel she replies

He does at home.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 February 2000. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.